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Everest Base Camp Trek in December

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Everest Base Camp Trek in December

Everest Base Camp Trek in December

December is the last month of the year in Nepal, which is very cold and frequent snowfall season. Hence, trekkers usually ask "Is it possible to trek to Everest Base Camp in December?"

Well, the answer is yes! It is possible to visit Everest base camp in December; Because the trails of EBC are empty, and that offers more adventure and challenges. Also, you can enjoy your trip freely. The weather and temperature in the Everest region during December is extremely cold with strong winds, snowy trails, snowfall and temperatures reaching minus degrees. Winter season is perfect for you hikers who want to avoid the busy season of autumn and spring season. But, you should be prepared for extrem weather there.

Things to know before doing Everest Base Camp Trek in December

Everest Base Camp Trek Weather in December

Nepal has four types of seasons namely Summer/Monsoon, Autumn, Winter and Spring. The coldest season of the year (Winter) starts from December which is the last month of the year. During this trek, you can reach from low altitude places to high altitudes up to 5,545 meters. Hence, Everest Base Camp Trek weather in December is quite unpredictable as it varies from moderate to extreme.

In low altitude places like Lukla, Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, the weather is warm during the day and mildly cold at night and there is little snowfall. But at higher altitudes like Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, EBC and Kala Patthar, days are warm and moderate while nights are cold where temperatures can reach minus degrees.

Hence, people who can tolerate cold and walk on snowy roads can trek EBC in December. You can experience a true adventure while trekking in this month as the trails are bare, covered with snow which makes walking very difficult and slippery.

The following schedule displays the Everest Base Camp trek in December

Destination

Elevation

Min. Temperature

Max. Temperature

Lukla

2810m

-1°C

9°C

Namche Bazaar

3440m

-6°C

7°C

Dingboche

4410m

-13°C

4°C

Lobuche

4,949m

-16°C

1°C

Gorakshep

5,164m

-17°C

0°C

The Benefit of Everest Base Camp Trek in December month

Each trekking month in Nepal has its own charm, similarly the month of December also has its unique advantages and characteristics
less rain
Most of the trekkers are afraid to trek in off season due to the fear of rain while trekking. They don't want to spoil their precious day or once in a lifetime views and scenery due to rain. Therefore, most of the trekkers cancel their Nepal tour during monsoon and winter season.
But, for adventure lovers, there is good news. The weather in Everest is very unpredictable in the another month (season) but the weather in December (winter season) is predictable. In December, there is no rain in the Everest region but sometimes it snows instead of rain.

Magnificent views.

The trekkers ask, "Will the views and mountain scenery be enjoyable and magnificent in December?" can think that. Those who think that fog and clouds can obscure the view and scenery of the Himalayas are wrong. During the month of December, fog and clouds gather in the lower regions and make the upper region of Mt Everest clear with breathtaking views and scenery. Hence, you can see amazing views even in December.
Clear and quiet trails.

Most of the trekkers cancel the Mt Everest Base Camp trek in December due to fear of extreme weather, less sight and views, less accommodation, etc. Making trails free for those who love extreme adventure and are waiting for such a moment. In December, you get to walk in the open without any hindrance from fellow EBC trekkers. Trekking on bare trails adds more adventure and excitement to your trip which you may not get during peak seasons.

Good accommodation

During the peak trekking season, the hotels and lodges in the Everest/Khumbu region are packed with countless tourists. Hence, it is very difficult for trekkers to find a good accommodation hotel. Cases like sharing rooms arise. But in December, you don't have to worry about hotels and lodges as you can find various options and even get high quality rooms at affordable rates.

Easy flight travel

Every Everest base camp trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is very difficult to get a flight ticket to Lukla as there are many tourists during the peak season. You have to wait for days to get your tickets but if you are trekking to Everest base camp in December you can get flight tickets more easily.

The Attractions of Everest Base Camp Trek in December month

  • Scenic Mountain Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
  • 360 degree sweeping views of the top peaks from Kala Patthar.
  • Once in your lifetime sunrise and sunset views from Kala Patthar viewpoint.
  • Exciting and challenging off-beaten snow trails.
  • The picturesque villages of Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lukla, Gorkshep and Lobuche.
  • Exploring the famous Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Tengboche Monastery is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, it would be interesting in Mani Rimdu and Dumji festival.
  • The highest glacier in Khumbu.
  • A direct encounter with the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
  • Trails decorated with prayer flags and wheels, gem stones.
  • Suspension Bridge over Dudhkoshi River and Imja River.
  • Everest Trekking Permit

If you want to trek in the Everest region, you need to get a permit to enter this protected area. You can apply for the permit yourself or your trekking agency in Kathmandu can apply for you. Another fee is to be paid at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park to enter this conservation area.

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp in December requires three permits.
  • Tims (Tracker Information Management System): $10
  • Everest National Park Entrance: $35
  • Pasang Lamu Sherpa V. Municipal Special Permit $20
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in December

How difficult is the EBC trek in December?

Compared to the trekking in other months, Everest base camp Trek in December is not so much different as it follows the same trails, villages, bridges, forests, valleys, and similar views.
The trails start on a flat path at high altitude with rocky, snowy and steep paths. . Hence, its difficulty varies from medium to hard level. However, there are some differences in terms of climate, weather and trail structure. December is extremely cold with frequent snowfalls at high altitudes and thick snow leaving the roads; This makes trekking more difficult than others.

How is the Accommodations in the Khumbu region in December?

The Accommodations in the Khumbu region is better in December than in the peak season. Most of the hotels, lodges and teahouses are empty or have less visitors due to the off season. Hence, it will be a great opportunity for trekkers like you to get good accommodation at reliable rates as you have many options. 

Is it necessary to hire a guide for EBC trek in December?

It depends on how experienced you are. But we suggest that you have a guide on your trip because they can be very useful.
Even experienced trekkers hire guides as they know a lot of things they don't know. Guides can take you to places you don't know, they will make you interact with local people and even in case of emergency they will help you and save your life. So, hire a guide while trekking Everest Base Camp in December.

Do you need a porter when trekking to Everest Base Camp in December?

Yes, having a porter is a must on your EBC trip. If you don't take them you have to carry your heavy bags to EBC which is impossible for you.
In December the trails are covered with snow, which makes walking with heavy loads very difficult. Porters have to experience carrying heavy loads and walking these difficult routes. Besides, tourism is the main source of income in this region. So, if you hire porters you employ these people.

Everest Trek in December is recommended

Everest View Trek

This Everest View Trek in December is a special Everest package for those who want to experience the mild adventure of trekking Mount Everest. Your final stop is Tengboche, the land of the largest monastery in the Khumbu district.

Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour

One of the best holiday packages in the world as well as in Nepal. This EBC helicopter tour is the easiest and shortest way to reach the base camp of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Within a few hours, you reach the Himalayan state.

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

This wonderful trek takes you into the lap of the unexplored and unexplored Gokyo Valley. The valley is home to the remote village of Gokyo and the beautiful Gokyo Lake located next to Nepal's largest glacier, the Ngojumpa Glacier. On this trek, you cross Cho La Pass (5,420m), one of the three highest passes in the Everest region.

Everest High Pass Trek

This is one of the most difficult and challenging trekking routes in Nepal that passes through three high passes of the Everest region. They are Kongma La Pass (5,528 m), Cho La Pass (5,420 m), Renzo La Pass (5,435 m).

Conclusion

You may think of extreme cold, accommodation, safety, which are the reasons that put you off trekking to Everest base camp in winter. For them, please read our blog or contact us for more details. Otherwise, you can interact with people

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